On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 12

Events in Music

  • 1832 The ballet La Sylphide first premieres at the Opéra de Paris.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1857 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1897 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussels

Composer Vincent d'Indy
Vincent d'Indy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Paul Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" premieres in Berlin

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • 1947 "Chocolate Soldier" opens at Century Theater NYC for 69 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1954 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1958 3rd Eurovision Song Contest: Andre Claveau for France wins singing "Dors, mon amour" in Hilversum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1964 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine & Roses, Barbra Streisand wins 2

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1965 "Wooly Bully" single released by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • 1966 Love's 1st album released "Love"

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1969 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • 1981 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • 1998 "Sound of Music" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • 2019 K-pop and Big Bang singer Seungri is arrested for procuring prostitutes, retires to fight the charges in South Korea

Birthdays in Music

  • 1515 Caspar Othmayr, German composer and Lutheran pastor, born in Amberg (d. 1553)
  • 1607 Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (d. 1676)
  • 1710 Thomas Arne, British composer (Rule Britannia, A-Hunting We Will Go), born in London (d. 1778)
  • 1768 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1846)
  • 1793 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, composer
  • 1826 Robert Lowry, composer
  • 1837 Alexandre Guilmant, French organist (La Trinitié, 1871-901), composer and pedagogue (Schola Cantorum, 1894-1911), born in Meudon, France (d. 1911)
  • 1855 John White, American composer (d. 1902)
  • 1859 Josef Cyril Sychra, Czech composer and choirmaster, born in Ústí nad Orlicí (d. 1935)
  • 1860 Salvatore Di Giacomo, Italian poet and songwriter during "Golden Age of Neapolitan Song", born in Naples (d. 1934)
  • 1874 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, mostly of operettas (Bruder Straubinger; The Golden Mistress), born in Hernals, Austria (d. 1949)
  • 1875 Julio Garreta, composer
  • 1878 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, German violinist, conductor, composer (Max und Moritz) and pedagogue, born in Brno, Bohemia (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Judge Jackson, composer
  • 1888 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1896 Jesse Fuller, American one-man blues band ("San Francisco Bay Blues"), born in Jonesboro, Georgia (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Zoltán Vásárhelyi, Hungarian violinist, teacher, and choral conductor, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1912 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), born in Pola, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 2010)
  • 1914 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), born in Motal, Poland (now Belarus) (d. 1969)
  • 1921 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!; Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy; Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Thomas Hugh Eastwood, British composer, born in Hawley, Blackwater, England (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Norbert Brainin, Austrian-British violinist (Amadeus Quartet, 1947-87), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon; A Little Romance), born in Roubaix (d. 1992)
  • 1926 Rolv Berger Yttrehus, American classical music composer, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan musician (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, born in Huánuco, Peru (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Stanko Horvat, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome; Lulu), born in Schöningen, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor/Victoria), born in Llanfyllin, Wales
  • 1938 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Dimitri Terzakis, Greek composer (Die Farben des Ozeans), born in Athens
  • 1938 Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1940 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer ("Breaking Away"; "We're In This Love Together"; "Moonlighting"), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • 1942 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), born in Liverpool (d. 1999)
  • 1945 Hans van Emden, Dutch rock guitarist (Les Baroques - "Such A Cad")

Person of interestLiza Minnelli

1946 Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 1948 Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign)
  • 1948 James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Fire And Rain"; "You've Got A Friend"; "Shower The People"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Les Holroyd, British progressive rock musician (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham England
  • 1949 Bill Payne, American rock keyboardist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1949 Mike Gibbins, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger - "No Matter What"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1951 Jack Green, Scottish musician (T. Rex, 1973-74; The Pretty Things, 1974-76), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1952 Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
  • 1953 Labamba [Richard Rosenberg], American rock trombonist (Asbury Jukes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Steve Harris, English hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden - "Gypsy's Kiss"), born in London, England
  • 1957 Marlon D Jackson, singer (Jackson 5 - "Stop! The Love You Save May Be Your Own"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1960 (Christopher) "Kipp" Lennon, American rock singer-songwriter (Venice), born in Venice, California
  • 1960 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1964 Tony Terry, American soul singer and actor (With You), born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1965 Liza Umarova, Chechen singer and actress, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1969 Graham Coxon, British pop-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Blur - "Country House"), born in Rinteln, West Germany
  • 1970 Roy Khan [Khantatat], Norwegian symphonic metal singer (Kamelot, 1997-2011; Conception, since 2018), born in Norway
  • 1975 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • 1975 Kéllé Bryan, British pop singer (Eternal - "I Wanna Be The Only One"), born in Plaistow, England
  • 1976 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • 1977 Ben Kenney, American rock guitarist and bassist (The Roots, 2000-03; Incubus, 2003-present), born in Brielle, New Jersey
  • 1978 Claudio Sanchez, American rock singer, guitarist, and lyricist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Suffern, New York
  • 1979 Pete Doherty, British singer-songwriter (The Libertines), born in Hexham, Northumberland, England
  • 1984 Shareefa [Faradah Cooper], American R&B singer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1984 Shreya Ghoshal, Indian playback singer, songwriter, composer and music producer, born in Berhampore, West Bengal, India
  • 1985 Stromae [Paul Van Haver], Belgian rapper and songwriter, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1986 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly), born in Bolton

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1969 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 2017 Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard (34) weds Old Smokey Boots owner Christina Murphy
  • 2017 Actress and singer-songwriter Amanda Seyfried (31) weds actor Thomas Sadoski (40) in a private ceremony

Deaths in Music

  • 1563 John Bull, English composer, musician and organ builder, credited with composing Britain's national anthem "God Save The King/Queen" (debated), dies at about 68
  • 1824 Heinrich Carl Ebell, composer, dies at 48
  • 1831 Johann Franz Volkert, composer, dies at 64
  • 1832 Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish opera composer, dies at 45
  • 1840 Friedrich Westenholz, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1852 Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer, dies at 75
  • 1877 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer, dies at 52
  • 1913 Joseph Bayer, composer, dies at 61
  • 1937 Jenő Hubay [Huber], Hungarian violinist, composer, and educator (Budapest Conservatory, 1886-1934), dies at 78
  • 1937 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist (Saint-Sulpice, 1870-1933), composer (10 organ symphonies), and professor (American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, 1921-34), dies at 93
  • 1941 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
  • 1942 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 76
  • 1955 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology), dies pf pneumonia and bleeding ulcer at 34 in NYC
  • 1973 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, dies at 57
  • 1978 Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • 1985 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • 1993 June Valli, American singer (Crying in the Chapel), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1998 Judge Dread [Alexander Hughes] English reggae musician, dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 1999 Yehudi Menuhin, American-British violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), dies at 82
  • 2002 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • 2005 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2011 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • 2011 Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Blue Rondo à la Turk"), dies at 82
  • 2012 Michael Hossack, American rock drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2013 Clive Burr, English drummer, dies from complications from multiple sclerosis at 56
  • 2018 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), dies of complications following a surgery at 82
  • 2018 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), dies of heart failure at 47
  • 2018 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, dies of complications of dementia at 80